Sep 16, 2010

Trivia Answer - Ferry Fare

What year was the fare for the Ferry Eliminated?  Answer:  1997 - the Ferry is now Free!

For most of the 20th century, the ferry was famed as the biggest bargain in New York City. It charged the same five cent fare as the New York Subway but the ferry fare remained a nickel when the subway fare increased to 10 cents in 1948. In 1970 then-Mayor John V. Lindsayproposed that the fare be raised to 25 cents, pointing out that the cost for each ride was 50 cents, or ten times what the fare brought in. On August 4, 1975, the nickel fare ended and the charge became 25 cents for a round trip, the quarter being collected in one direction only. The round trip increased to 50 cents in 1990, but then was eliminated altogether in 1997.

But to get to the ferry you will have to pay $2.25 for the train or bus, or $7 to park your car in the lot.  We used to pay to get off the train in St. George only, so many people got off at the Thompkinville's Station and walked over to save the fare, but that station charges now.  You can get off for free at Stapleton and walk, but it is a far walk.

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